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31 March 2010 | Football News

Ghana FA admits Boateng nationality switch BLUNDER

Nyantakyi admits more papers are needed
Nyantakyi admits more papers are needed

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has admitted for the first time that its BLUNDER has led to the extremely long delay in the nationality switch for German-born Kevin Prince Boateng.

Shockingly, the Ghana FA bosses are still refusing to comment whether they have supported Norwegian U21 goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey application to play for the West African country.

It has now been revealed that the GFA FAILED to provide the Ghanaian passport of Boateng's father, a key condition for the switch to be approved, which had led to the six-month delay.

Fifa told BBC Sport two weeks ago that the GFA has not fulfilled all the conditions for the nationality switches of the two players to be approved yet the Ghanaian FA officials vehemently denied that claim.

Despite the denials, the GFA has been under intense scrutiny after it was confronted with evidence that it took Mali only THREE WEEKS to secure ex-France U21 striker Mamadou Samassa to play for the West Africans.

GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has now embarrassingly admitted that not all the documents have been sent saying needs more papers before the switch is approved.

"We have processed the documents for Boateng's nationality switch but Fifa asked for some more documents before it can approve it," Nyantakyi said on Peace FM.

"We know that latest by May Fifa will approve the move because Fifa wants to approve nationality switches before the World Cup."

The blunder means Boateng could have played for the Black Stars at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola if the GFA had done things in the right way.

While the GFA had been out to defend its move on Boateng, the federation's deafening silence on Kwarasey lends credence to the Fifa revelation his switch is not being pursued.

The Stromgodset keeper has written to Fifa wishing to play for his father's country but nearly one year after his application, Fifa says the Ghana FA has not backed his application with documents.

According to Fifa regulations on international switches, the player wishing to represent a new country must only submit a written request to the world governing body.

But the federation the player wishes to represent must satisfy four conditions including evidence of the player's link to the country, such as a passport. 

Kwarasey last week expressed his disappointment in the Ghana FA's lack of action over his international switch.

These revelations show the intensely worrying administrative lapses within the GFA which has undermined and could further chip away the game following recent major gaffes.

A major administrative blunder by the Ghana FA two years ago saw the local Black Stars not registered for the maiden CHAN tournament until Ghanasoccernet exposed the rot within the GFA and embarked on a campaign to plead with Caf to reconsider Ghana.

The Black Stars reached the final of the tournament in Ivory Coast and the GFA rushed forward to claim the glory even though no one resigned over the initial failure to register the team by the deadline.

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